Let’s face it: most of us don’t have enough extra cash sitting around for a weekend getaway to Italy. Never fear! These 10 restaurants in Michigan will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Tuscany – without the expensive flights.
1. Café Cortina (Farmington Hills)
Featuring homemade pasta and genuine Italian recipes, this award-winning restaurant is like something out of a travel guide. Its gorgeous decor and delicious menu will leave you feeling like you’re enjoying your very own Roman Holiday right here in Michigan.
2. Mangiamo (Grand Rapids)
It’s hard to beat the breathtaking atmosphere of Mangiamo, which is housed in a 19th century mansion on the east side of Grand Rapids. With live music and a sprawling gated lawn, Mangiamo is the place to go for Italian cuisine in a gorgeous setting.
3. Gratzi (Ann Arbor)
Located on South Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor, this beautiful Italian restaurant was once a movie house. Its intricate painted mural and mood lighting will make you think you’ve stepped into a romantic Italian bistro.
4. Pereddies (Holland)
This local favorite features both a restaurant and a small grocery/deli for visitors. Its interior showcases gorgeous, colorful art and trellises to make you feel like you’re really dining under the Tuscan sun. Be sure to try one of their famous pizza rolls before you’re finished!
5. Trattoria Stella (Traverse City)
Trattoria Stella is beloved by diners for its farm-to-table approach, extensive wine list, and elegant Italian-inspired atmosphere. Make this restaurant a must-visit on your next trip to Traverse City.
6. Crispigna's (Escanaba)
Looking for an Italian vibe on your trip to the Upper Peninsula? Make sure to check out Crispigna’s, a well-loved restaurant that features made-from-scratch pizzas and pasta sauces whose recipes have been passed down for over 40 years.
7. Bacco Ristorante (Southfield)
Located in the metro Detroit area, Bacco Ristorante is an award-winning Italian eatery with an ambiance that will leave you charmed. Its unique menu features hand-rolled pasta and an exciting wine list that keeps customers returning for more.
8. Amore Trattoria (Grand Rapids)
Don’t let this restaurant’s modest exterior fool you: it’s home to some of Michigan’s best Italian dishes. One bite of Amore’s rich pastas or succulent desserts will have you wondering if you’ve been transported to Italy.
9. Villa D'Alessandro (Midland)
This family-owned restaurant has been in business for over 30 years, and it’s easy to see why. Stop by for a meal or a glass of wine by candlelight, or dine on the breezy patio during warmer months.
10. Marro's (Saugatuck)
Located in the quaint waterfront town of Saugatuck, Marro’s is the perfect destination after a day of browsing art galleries and boutiques. But if you want to experience this little slice of Italy, you’ll have to be quick: Marro’s is a seasonal restaurant, only opened from April through September each year.
These are just a few of Michigan’s most beautiful and delicious Italian eateries. What’s your favorite stop when you’re seeking a taste of Tuscany?